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   Old Thread  #55 14 Jan 2021 at 8.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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lucky chap mate.

I'm sure there's decent places about, sadly, a few years ago i simply just lost the love for it and gave up trying.

I really enjoy my yearly trips to mar peche and labyrinth with great people who enjoy the week with me on my whole lake bookings. No one is bothered what anyone else catches and its a just like when one catches, we all share it like we've all caught it. That for me is special.

and yes mate, in all the years ive spent at race tracks and in the paddocks with up to 100 riders, i've NEVER seen any bitching at all, home and abroad. Everyone just gets on and helps each other out should there be any issues from a broken brake lever to an accident.
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   Old Thread  #54 13 Jan 2021 at 3.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I am fortunate Joss, I fish two Syndicate lakes with lovely fish, both have publicity bans and no named glory hunters.

but it is a shame its come to that.

Like you once said before the bitchiness in carp angling is horrendous when compared to the motorcycle racing scene.
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   Old Thread  #53 13 Jan 2021 at 3.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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fair point - i don't do any of them

apart from the lads I've seen on the TV - Hamidi etc. plus Martin Bowler, Matt Hayes and the like - I wouldn't know a 'famous' carper if I hit him accidently with feeder full of maggots...

always have a rod with me when i'm carp fishing to pleasure fish for silvers, perch, whatever else. you'd be surprised how often a passing carp ignores the carp rod and takes the little wigglers instead...

as for the video and the bloke in it - it's a cracking fish and well done to him. much better than a lot of the videos my youtube feed recommends..
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   Old Thread  #52 13 Jan 2021 at 2.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thing is if you're not on social media you dont have those issues
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   Old Thread  #51 13 Jan 2021 at 1.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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far too much info out these day for my liking, no one learns, everyone want instant glory. None of them are anglers, at least not in the true angling sense

Sadly
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   Old Thread  #50 13 Jan 2021 at 1.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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your 100% right mate, but you know when you walk around a lake, and say hello to the angler you dont know, and the ask

"any luck mate?"

their first response is generally summut to do with some crap about being sponsored, team member, im on this or that wonder bait.

at that point i walk away in complete boredom
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   Old Thread  #49 13 Jan 2021 at 1.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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have to agree with that I will be the first one to admit I was in a bad way regarding fishing due to certain circumstances/chasing big ones etc fell out with "normal" fishing, but luckily now I am again just as happy catching perch in the afternoon as catching 60 pounder in the night... pure fun of fishing again, making plans to fish for bream on my local canal here in belgium in spring and learning my girls to pole fish for silver fish, planning weekend family trips to French rivers... fishing truly is great sport/activity if you look at it without pressure...
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   Old Thread  #48 13 Jan 2021 at 12.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ive had some of the best days fishing with a stick float and a pint of reds.
im only 26 but i strongly believe that 80% of the new so called "carpers" now days couldn't shot a float and plumb the depth!
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   Old Thread  #47 13 Jan 2021 at 11.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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it all changed for me when Maddox wrote that book !!!!!!!!!!

and people that had never known the joys of catching Thames bleak or beautiful coloured Gudgeon or trotted a flowing river catching the lightning biting Dace and plump Roach or Rudd or Chub Barbel or Bream they just wanted a big Carp and so instant carp men appeared
and I ****ed off Sea Fishing for a few years as I was so pissed off with the over night circus
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   Old Thread  #46 13 Jan 2021 at 11.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just ignore all that **** Joss.
To let that ruin your passion is to let commercialism win.
I've fished all kinds of water including circuit waters and I come across these "consultants" all the time. If you can look past the likes and hashtags most of them are sound. Like you, I shudder with embarrassment at the hashtags. My solution is to completely ignore it and just enjoy my fishing. I refuse to cut off my nose to spite my face by letting it ruin what I still love to this day as much as I did 25 years ago.
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   Old Thread  #45 13 Jan 2021 at 11.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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the list goes on a tad

waters rammed with carp and the circus turns up
"Promo team" members
hashtaggers
fishing for likes on social media
wanabbes
over sized beanie wearers
instant carpers
Bait consultants ( )
Bloggers
Vloggers
Hoodie collectors
catch a fish at all costs with little or no respect
folded reel handles


I could go on, but i'm sure you get the jist
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   Old Thread  #44 13 Jan 2021 at 11.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What's the false carp scene?
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   Old Thread  #43 13 Jan 2021 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I quite liked that video, a very unassuming guy and caught the fish of a lifetime. Certainly seems to be the sort of bloke I wouldn't mind fishing next to.

Isn't it amazing the difference that one pick up made? He would otherwise have gone home fishless and his mate having caught a 70+.



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   Old Thread  #42 13 Jan 2021 at 8.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree to a point mate, ive never fished circuit waters, nor will i, i was fishing quite heavily a syndicate water that i loved dearly, then unfortunately as the years passed, some members were let in that caused more hassle than i care to mention and were there for all the wrong reasons and ruined it for me. Since then, ive never found a water where i felt fitted my angling.

Today, i just run my own water with some wonderful people who "get it" I hardly ever wet a line in there and get more pleasure out of looking after it, watches others catch.
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   Old Thread  #41 13 Jan 2021 at 8.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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UK angling is what you make of it. If you spend your whole life fishing busy circuit waters then yes, I can see why the appeal can wither. However, if you join a close knit syndicate (a proper one, not a glorified club water) whereby catching anything is a reward, then certainly your UK angling can stay the same if not improve, with a change in outlook.
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